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James Barker (abt. 1623 - 1702)

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James Barker
Born about in Harwich, Essex, Englandmap
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Newport, Newport Co., RImap
Died in Providence, Newport, Rhode Island, USAmap
Barker-244 created 22 Sep 2010 | Last modified
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Categories: Puritan Great Migration.

[NOTE: see Bulletin Board for disputes on whom his mother might be. No evidence of a Grace Clark?]

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James Barker, son of James, was born about 1623 in Harwich, Essex, England , died 1702; married about 1644, Barbara Dungan who was born about 1628, daughter of William and Frances (Latham) Dungan. (p. 14)

Jane Fletcher Fiske and William Wyman Fiske, "The Rhode Island Barker Family: Suffolk Background and Connections to Other New England Immigrants," NEHGR 169: 205ff (Summer 2015). 1644: Corporal

1648: Ensign; Member of the General Court of Elections

1655: Freeman

1655-61-63: Court Commissioner

1661: Member of the committee to receive contributions to obtain a charter.

1663: Juy 8: Named in the Royal Charter granted by Charles II

1663-66;71-72;76-78: Assistant

1667;69-71;74;76-77;81;83-86: Deputy

1678: Deputy Governor (p. 14) Deputy Governor of Rhode Island ( S# 1:p. 14; S# 2: p. 30, S #3: (p. 41-43))

He was also an Elder of the Baptist Church at Newport and a teaching brother for many years. (S#2; p. 30) (S#3:p 41-43)

Children: (p. 14)

Elizabeth b. ___; d. July 5, 1676: m. Nov. 30, 1666, Nicholas Easton, son of Peter and Ann (Coggleshell) Easton. James b. 1648; d. Dec. 1722; m. in 1678, Sarah Jefferay, dau. of William and Mary (Gould) Jefferay. Mary b. ABT 1649 Newport, Newport, RI. d. 19 Sept. 1723 Warwick, RI; m. 1st Elisha Smith son of Edward Smith; m. 2nd, April 16, 1677 Israel Arnold, son of Stephen and Sarah (Smith) Arnold. Joseph b. ___; d. 1725; married Sarah Read. William b. 1662; d. Nov. 3, 1741; m. Elizabeth Easton, dau. of Peter and Ann (Coggleshell) Easton. Sarah b. ABT 1665 Newport, Newport, RI; unmarried. Peter b. ___; d. 1725; m. 1st 1692, Freelove Bliss of John and Desmaris (Arnold) Bliss; m. 2nd in 1712, Susanna unk (?Saunders or Peckham). Christina b. ___; m. William Philips son of Michael and Barbara Philips. [1][2][3][4]

Frances (Latham) Dungan, widow of William Dungan, married Captain Jeremiah Clarke and emigrated to America shortly after their marriage accompanied by her children by William Dungan, including her daughter Barbara, born about 1628, who married Honorable James Barker.[5]

[Note: Nicholas Easton is listed on the Mary & John, March 1634, , Barker's not listed as a passengers, see p. 30 notes One Hundred Allied Families]


James Barker


abt 1623 Harwich, Essex, England


abt 1702 Providence, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
1702 Providence, Newport, Rhode Island, USA



  1. Austin(1887)
  2. Austin(1893): p. 30
  3. Cutter: p. 2137/8
  4. RI Historical Magazine: p. 40-43
  5. Leach: p. 221


James was born about 1670. James Barker ... He passed away in 1720. [6]

No more info is currently available for James Barker. Can you add to his biography?


  1. Austin(1887)
  2. Austin(1893): p. 30
  3. Cutter: p. 2137/8
  4. RI Historical Magazine: p. 40-43
  5. Leach: p. 221
  6. Entered by Paul Saunders, Sep 13, 2011

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On 29 Dec 2015 at 16:01 GMT Ellen Smith wrote:

Barker-1534 and Barker-244 appear to represent the same person because: Same son. The dates on the Barker-1534 profile don't match what's on Barker-244, but given the sparse info on Barker-1534, I think it's a safe bet that they are intended to represent the same person. Please merge to Barker-244 so this family will no longer be separated.

On 29 Jan 2015 at 21:46 GMT Chris Hoyt wrote:

There is a not very conclusive reference to James Barker marrying a daughter of Jeremiah Clarke. Doesn't mention Grace(p. 26) Genealogical Guide to the Early Settlers of America: With a Brief History of Those of the First Generation and References to the Various Local Histories, and Other Sources of Information where Additional Data May be Found by Henry Whittemore

NEHGS reference lists Barbara Dungan, wife of James Barker as the daughter of Jeremiah Clarke's wife Frances (Latham) Dungan/Clarke/Vaughn and her first husband William Dungan. (p. 72) The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vols. 37-52 (1883-98), 1920 This may be the daughter being referenced in the previous citation.

Never found Grace Clark. Chris

On 29 Jan 2015 at 21:19 GMT John Schmeeckle wrote:

I can't find any evidence that James Barker had a mother named Grace Clark. Does anybody know of any?

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